Drake (musician)

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Aubrey Drake Graham

(1986-10-24) October 24, 1986 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other names
  • Canada
  • United States
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
  • producer
Years active2001–present
RelativesLarry Graham (uncle)
Teenie Hodges (uncle)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Aubrey Drake Graham[5] (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian rapper, singer, and actor.[6] who has sold over five million album copies. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He was the character Jimmy Brooks for eight seasons on the television show Degrassi: The Next Generation. He is of Jewish and Black/Afro-American descent. His mother is white and his father is black.

Drake has worked with a lot of other musicians. Drake collaborated with Rihanna on the number-one singles "What's My Name?" (2010) and "Work" (2016). He also rapped on "Moment 4 Life" (2011) by Nicki Minaj. "Moment 4 Life" was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award in the category Best Rap Performance.[7] His third album Take Care won the award for Best Rap Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.[8]

On September 30, 2013, he was named as the "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[9]

In 2016, he released Views, an album that was only on iTunes at first. His single "One Dance" became his first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 as a main artist.

On March 18, 2017, Drake released More Life, which he referred to as a "playlist" instead of an album. The singles "Fake Love" and "Passionfruit" reached the top ten in countries worldwide.

In 2018, Drake worked with Travis Scott and published "Sicko Mode". It was nominated for the Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

Drake's single, "God's Plan", from the EP Scary Hours, entered at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. After 11 weeks at number one, the single "Nice for What" also entered at number one, making Drake the first artist to have a number-one entry replace another number-one entry at the top of the chart. "Nice for What" became Drake's fifth American chart-topper. Drake released the single "I'm Upset" in May 2018 and announced he would release his next album, Scorpion, in June.[10] Despite rumors, particularly a beef with rapper Pusha T, Drake revealed in the album that he has a child, a son named Adonis, with French artist Sophie Brussaux.[11]

On April 2, 2020, Drake released the single "Toosie Slide", based on the dance of the same name that had been posted to social media app TikTok.[12] It became his third number-one entrance on the Billboard Hot 100, tying him with Mariah Carey as having the most songs enter at the top. It became his seventh US number-one single overall.

His father is from Memphis and is named Dennis Graham.[13]

Discography[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "11 Times Drake Channeled His 'Champagne Papi' Alter-Ego: From 'The Motto' to 'Mia'". Billboard.
  2. "The Drake Look Book". GQ. October 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  3. FNR Tigg (July 29, 2020). "Drake's Engineer Noel Shares How Close Rapper Is to Finishing New Album". Complex. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  4. "Drake's Net Worth: $150 Million in 2019". Forbes. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  5. Kellman, Andy. "Drake – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic.
  6. Caramanca, Jon (November 16, 2011). "Drake Pushes Rap Toward the Gothic". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  7. "Grammys 2012: Rap and hip-hop nominees/winners". CBC Music. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  8. "Grammys 2013: Drake's 'Take Care' wins in rap album category". Los Angeles Times. February 10, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  9. "From rapper to Raptor, Drake takes on new role". NBA. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  10. "Drake Releases New Single 'I'm Upset'". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  11. "Who Is Sophie Brussaux? What to Know About the Mother of Drake's Son Adonis". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  12. Holmes, Charles; Holmes, Charles (April 3, 2020). "Before Drake Released 'Toosie Slide,' He Turned to a Few Dancers for Help". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  13. "Drake's Competition in 2017 Might Just Be His Father". Billboard. January 30, 2017.
  14. "Drake Announces New Album With Poetry Book". Complex. Retrieved July 31, 2023.

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